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HS2 Director says on schedule to get Royal Assent 'by Christmas'

HS2 Director says on schedule to get Royal Assent 'by Christmas'

18 July 2019HS2 Director told delegates at the prestigious TransCityRail Midlands event the project was “on schedule to get Royal Assent for the 2a phase by Christmas.”

Date set to cut HS2 Wendover bypass noise

Date set to cut HS2 Wendover bypass noise

18 July 2019Work to lay a ‘very low noise surface' along Wendover bypass is scheduled to start during August bank holiday week and is expected to take ten days.The £1.51 million scheme, funded by HS2 as mitigation for noise construction traffic, is in place o...

Keith Williams on the Rail Review: an update on progress

Keith Williams on the Rail Review: an update on progress

16 July 2019Williams Rail Review: an update on progress Keith Williams, independent Chair of the Rail Review, provides an update at a Northern Powerhouse Partnership event.

Rail leaders respond as HS2 vote passes

Rail leaders respond as HS2 vote passes

16 July 2019Members of Parliament (MPs) have expressed anger at the government for pushing through phase 2a of HS2 through the House of Commons. The Phase 2a High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill passed with 263 votes in favour to only 17 against.

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

16 July 2019Designs for a new automated people mover in the West Midlands have been released by HS2. The driverless vehicle plans to be used to transport passenger between HS2’s new Interchange Station in Solihull and Birmingham Airport. Designs for a new aut...

HSRIL warn scrapping HS2 could cost thousands of jobs

HSRIL warn scrapping HS2 could cost thousands of jobs

12 July 2019A significant report published yesterday claims that completing HS2 is essential for “smashing the UK’s north-south divide” and warns that scrapping the project could cost thousands of jobs. High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSR...

Regional leaders call for HS2 to be completed all the way

Regional leaders call for HS2 to be completed all the way

21 June 2019HS2 minister, mayor of Greater Manchester and regional leaders united to back HS2 project and say it must be completed all the way

Birmingham Moor Street vision embraces the future and celebrates the past

Birmingham Moor Street vision embraces the future and celebrates the past

31 May 2019Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect, looks forward to what the Birmingham Moor Street's redevelopment will mean for the region. Over the years, many of Birmingham’s beautiful, historic buildings have been lost to the bulldozers....

Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

23 May 2019Scrapping HS2 would be a “disaster” and would undermine Britain’s “national prosperity for decades to come,” more than 20 prominent local government leaders from the north and the midlands have warned. In a letter to...

Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14 May 2019Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “getting stronger by the day” a new report from the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has claimed. ...

First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13 May 2019HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project “very difficult,” the head of the government spending watchdog has said. Sir Amyas Morse has w...

Commission calls for £10bn transport investment in Glasgow rail schemes and city-wide metro network

Commission calls for £10bn transport investment in Glasgow rail schemes and city-wide metro network

30 April 2019A Glasgow City Council commission has called for a £10bn transport investment into rail schemes and a city-wide metro system. The report from the Glasgow Connectivity Commission puts forward a number of “bold, ambitious and transforma...

MPs demand £39bn NPR commitment from government

MPs demand £39bn NPR commitment from government

29 April 2019A group of 80 MPs have written to chancellor Philip Hammond urging the government to commit to a £39bn down payment for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), and deliver the flagship project alongside HS2. Hammond last week said that the initial...

‘No justification’: Buckinghamshire councils demand government halt HS2 prep work until Notice to Proceed given

‘No justification’: Buckinghamshire councils demand government halt HS2 prep work until Notice to Proceed given

26 April 2019Councils across Buckinghamshire have agreed to pass a special motion calling on the government and HS2 to halt all current site work in the county. Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern district councils and Buckinghamshire County Council said they were &l...

HS2 ignored serious concerns with winning bid for £1.3bn Old Oak Common contract, claims Bechtel

HS2 ignored serious concerns with winning bid for £1.3bn Old Oak Common contract, claims Bechtel

25 April 2019HS2 Ltd accepted an “abnormally low” bid and ignored serious concerns over the chosen contractors to build a key station, the losing bidders for the £1.3bn Old Oak Common contract Bechtel claimed in a High Court claim.  Bec...

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Transformative Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan revealed

04/08/2020Transformative Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan revealed

Today (4 Aug) Network Rail, Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh have released their concept designs for renovating the capital’s main... more >
Overhead electric line overhaul to improve passenger journeys

03/08/2020Overhead electric line overhaul to improve passenger journeys

Passenger and freight journeys are set to be made more reliable in Lancashire and Cumbria as part of a £3.4m investment into the overhead 2... more >
Rail passengers benefit from £40m Stevenage station platform

03/08/2020Rail passengers benefit from £40m Stevenage station platform

A new £40m platform and track improvement made at Stevenage station has seen significant improvements to the frequency and reliability of s... more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >